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Grateful Dead Live at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium on 1974-06-20

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Grateful Dead Live at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium on 1974-06-20

Topics Live concert

U.S. Blues, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, Jack Straw, Me & My Uncle, To Lay Me Down, El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around Scarlet Begonias, Big River, Ship of Fools, Truckin'-> Eyes Of The World-> Slipknot*-> China Doll-> One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Atlanta Municipal Auditorium
Location Atlanta, GA

Source Soundboard
Lineage Master 7in, 2 track Soundboard Reel > Cassette > DAT > CDR
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Master 7", 2 track Soundboard Reel > Cassette > DAT > CDR; uploaded by Scott Clugston; via "the usual"; to abgd, later to etree; note d1 tracked for 80 min


Reviewer: tree-ap03 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2015
Subject: discovering gold... AGAIN!
I've listened to this show probably 3-4 times over the years, but something about this time made me realize just how good this show actually is. On many songs, the band just doesn't sound like they're in that much of a hurry --- very relaxed, yet still giving the right amount of UMPHF where it counts.

The meat of the 2nd set is where the real gold is. Truckin' into EOTW --- again, there's a mellowness to the performance, but Jerry & Phil both seem to be putting just the right notes in just the right place. It is a short show for '74, but still has enough X-Factor to make you realize --AGAIN-- why you listen to the GD.
Reviewer: Skipknot! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2014
Subject: I started out as a piece of rope
By the end of the night, I was configured into a Slipknot!
Reviewer: GregAtlanta - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2014
Subject: What is the correct location of this show?
I did believe that this show was held in the municipal auditorium, as the name says, but I now think it was held at the Omni. The auditorium now houses the administrative offices for Georgia State University, and the GD did play there in 71. Omni show listings indicate that this show occurred there in 1974. One reviewer below makes a reference to the Omni, which was not the municipal auditorium.
Reviewer: SillyDead! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2014
Subject: Wow!
Like man...this here "Eyes of the World" like man, what on earth were they smokin'? I want some! Well, just a little bit. Yes, they were really on it on that one!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2013
Subject: --
At 2 hours, 20 minutes, this has to be one of the shortest shows of the single-drummer days. But don't let that deter you...there is something wonderfully old-fashioned about this muffled board, and even if this show *was* remastered and "cleaned" I'd still take this thing any day of the week. It captures Billy's percussion and Phil's bombs so perfectly, while not neglecting Jerry or Bobby at all.

Set 1 isn't totally cream-your-jeans exciting, but well-played enough and worth a listen or two - they're really just getting warmed up, and that CC>R does set the table grandly for what's to come.

Set 2 - A lot of the reviews below have said everything that needs to be said about this Truckin' > (maybe my personal favorite of all time) Jam > Eyes > Slip > China Doll. It's, IMHO, one of the single greatest medleys the band ever played - sometimes the setlist gives absolutely no indication as to what's inside each of those tunes. Seriously, if you haven't heard this thing, you've got to get to it! China Doll in particular is absolutely swooning, sad gorgeousness - you'll rarely ever hear it dialed in this perfectly. Billy's percussion, my god...just rather speechless at the end of that suite, and I've heard it quite a lot.
Reviewer: JanKR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2012
Subject: My first Dead show!!
Oh so glad to have found this!! I was at the Omni that night and loved this first after being a fan for several years. I was so high both in locale and otherwise that I freaked out over the tiny size of the steps and how steep they were. I thought I was going to fly out of there though after they closed with One More Saturday Night!! What a great memory this is...
Reviewer: rpmacdougal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2012
Subject: Chna Doll
One of the best China Dolls I've heard so far...
Reviewer: blang16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2011
Subject: Bursting with colors
This one just rings out... strong and true.
All good, but when they reach Truckin' something special happens. The music takes over. Becomes it's own animal. True improvisitory experience.

I lost most of a days work sampling the long jams several times. Just couldn't get enough.
Reviewer: luigi193 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2011
Subject: Great Show!
All Around awesome show EXCEPT for China Cat... Jerry's guitar was almost PAINFUL to listen to! I actually cringed -- he was just off for that one song though, he came back swinging though!
Reviewer: oarman2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2011
Subject: Omni
This show was at the Omni. Here's the ticket stub-
Reviewer: AndyBear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2011
Subject: The Bells Of Heaven Ring...
Atlanta, after 15+ years here, has become a home of sorts to me. So this is in a weird way a hometown show. I love the first set energy - hard to find anything wrong with Scarlet, Jack Straw, Big River, Ship, or China>Rider.

But the sequence that has always grabbed me and held me tight was the Truckin'>Eyes> Slipknot>China Doll. Seriously. The Truckin is off the chain - full of vim and vigor, and rocking from the core. Then a spacey jam leads to perhaps my favorite Eyes ever. It is THAT good. Better, imho, than 6-16 or 6-18 of same week. (But I don't think you'll ever find 3 Eyes in a 7 day stretch as good as these three mentioned - lol!) Then the jam into Slipknot, which is followed by a haunting and chilling China Doll. Simply gorgeous and almost scary in its raw emotive plight.
Reviewer: fudoki - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2011
Subject: The Night I Met Jerry....
This memorable concert was a GIFT to find! Yes, there were problems with the "Wall of Sound", but I'll never forget the shock when I saw the stage; that year I had seen The Who, Moody Blues, Johnny Winter, and The Kinks (among others), and NOTHING compared to the amazing sound that The Wall produced. No distortion whatever, and mindbending volume. During the LOOONNNGGG break, after a couple of the amps literally blew up (not loud, just smoke and sparks on stage left, our seats were Left Loge) I got bored and antsy and grabbed my buddy's 16 y.o. girlfriend, about the most beautiful girl I had met back then, and said "go where I point you". We slipped right past "Security" (bikers, or looked like bikers) with a "Jerry's expecting her", and walked behind the backstage curtain. Jerry was sitting alone on a wooden sawhorse, smoking a cigarette. I was dumbstruck - he was right there. I was speechless, literally, and he smiled and asked if we were enjoying the show, We were saying "Yessir!" when two bikers appeared, ready to grab us. Jerry stood up and said, "It's cool man, they're with me...". He reached into his back pocket and handed me two passes to the after-party, and invited ME to leave. I did so. About 15 minutes later, my buddy's girlfriend came back - boy was my friend pissed! She said "everything was going great until he asked me how old I was..." Then she was jettisoned like a bad penny. We dumped the dates after the show and went back to the after-party, which was real fun... Everyone was so nice, and we knew some folks in common. Over the years, the Band started coming to Atlanta over my birthday weekend (April 2nd), not for me, the Band loves the dogwoods and azaleas in Atlanta that bloom then. Over the years we were invited to a couple more after-parties, etc. These guys are the best, as people, unspoiled by success, and it has always showed in their truly American music.

UPDATE: Not to be a contrarian, but the show was one of the last major rock shows at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. Still have the ticket stubs. The "Wall of Sound" covered the entire stage and was stacked up what appeared to be about 50 feet high, but we were looking down on it from the left lower (mezzanine) balcony, front row - called the "Loge" in Atlanta (at the Muni and Fox). This was the last concert I ever attended at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium - a truly great - if concretey echoy - venue. Yes, Maria Muldaur opened, and it seemed like FOREVER until she was done - not that she wouldn't have been great on her own...
And, yes, the second set was beyond what words can describe! Once they got the WoS tuned... well, I have never heard such a pure sound in concert. The "Brown Owlsey" didn't hurt either that night! 1/2 before, 1 1/2 at the break. Tuned the scene to the infinity channel...
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2011
Subject: revised 3/31/11
yet another summer '74 performance i have underrated because i didn't listen "hard" enough. this is getting some serious play in my show rotations right now. the rest of this show is indeed special. very inspired versions of Scarlet, Jack Straw, Big River, Ship, and China>Rider - which i definitely needed to hear again; this one really heats up during the feeling' groovy jam! beware though, as there are some annoying dropouts during the song part, luckily the jam is preserved.

of course the main highlight which has been mentioned over and over and is worthy of many repeat listens is the Truckin'>Space>Eyes>Slipknot>China. Truckin' i think just might be my favorite performance of this song of the year - the soloing is just out of control, so much energy here! then, space beautifully lands into an epic, uber jazzy Eyes. although 6/18 could be considered the most "perfect" performance of '74, this one actually might just be the best. it has to be heard to be believed. Jerry and Phil do not quit! the first fully realized version of Slipknot is the icing on top...then throw on a really unique China Doll for a cherry, and you've got yourself one awesome show...

if you've heard 6/16, 6/18, 6/23, and 6/28, be sure to hear this gem next!
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2010
Subject: A Must Listen
Fabulous sound. Listened once without headphones, once with.

Yes, everybody needs to listen to what folks are calling Slipknot, which doesn't quite get to it until about 2:40. Around the four minute mark, Garcia applies the brakes, and they somehow go from 100 MPH to near zero in twenty seconds.

The Eyes is very interesting, Jerry tossing off some jazz chords at :26 and keeping it up for a good thirty seconds. And that sound! Lesh's solo starts nicely, beginning around 7:30. This whole thing is so well played. Garcia is really stunning (best Eyes ever, hmmm, I'm still thinking about the 5-15-77 Eyes and Garcia's "search for ecstasy" there starting at 11:44). Quality sound and performance on par with the '75 Great American Music Hall.

There are many fun moments. Listen to Lesh chiming in on the "my back door" verse during China Cat. Near the end of I Know You Rider, about 3:52, Garcia catches his breath for two or three notes, then zooms off on a stunning ascending run.

The slower tunes are gorgeous. Ship of Fools has Keith's churchy, electric piano sound, and lots of loud, loping lines from Lesh. China Doll, again, what an incredible sound. Garcia solos with a fuzzy feedback that reminds me of his breaks on If I Had The World To Give.

Truckin', Garcia starts phrasing at 5:13 and just never stops, a really incredible run of articulate thoughts and excitement.

Thanks for making this recording available. The well is deep....
Reviewer: ono ewe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2010
Subject: slipknot
brain = bent.

face = stolen.

wish i could download this show.
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2010
Subject: Truckin'
have to agree with dprocks
this right here might indeed be the best TRUCKIN' of all time
good eyes too
Reviewer: Will Shine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2010
Subject: June 20, 1974
First, this show was played at the Omni, not the Municipal Auditorium - so I don't know why, after several years, you guys at the archive have yet to corrected this mis-labelling. After listening to the streaming audio, a bit more is coming back to me: As I recall, Maria Muldaur played for quite awhile as the opener, including a fabulous Midnight at the Oasis, and the Dead got a rather late start. The Dead’s first set was fairly short due to some techincal difficulties the Wall of Sound. But these were resolved after a long break and the second set actually opened with Jack Straw - the first A chord following “!” rolled like a peaceful tidal wave across the Omni. And with the power of the Wall behind them, that's something that you just can't capture on tape, no matter how hard you try. You just had to be there. Really spectacular. There is also a Sugar Magnolia missing from the tapes and this was played after China Doll – the guys never would have left us hanging after a song like that. That probably also explains why there is a tape break during Truckin'. The second set was long! They lit the disco ball for Sugar Magnolia and the place was flying. On the final One More Saturday Night, Bobby ran back to his amp to make some adjustments, then ran back to hit the mike right on queue for the final chorus. The place literally went nuts and I’m sure that they were telling us, in their own special way, that we were all riding the same rainbow that night! This was truly a magical show as evidenced by Phil’s emphatic “Thank you and goodnight!” at the end. No encore necessary and not a soul complained! This one needs to be on a CD for everyone to hear. I've been waiting for it for 35 years!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2009
Subject: 6-20-74
Wonderful! Sound quality is stellar after the first track as per usual in '74.
Reviewer: Dr.Unclear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2009
Subject: Beautiful Series at the End
While the first part of the show is unremarkable, especially for summer 74, the end of this show is a standout. The sequence starting with Truckin' > Jam > Eyes > Slipknot! > China Doll is full of jazzy jams. This is the best eyes I've heard - Bob is really jazzy throughout and the jam is so musical. To me this feels like the birth of slipknot, Jerry keeps pushing until it emerges from its shell! Lovely stuff, with a pensive China Doll to round out the series.

This source sounds great, imo. The mix is right, little/no hiss, strong levels. For a board, this is pretty nice - don't be fooled by the low shnid - no upgraded needed!
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" June 20, 1974 at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.


~Super 74' Soundboard~

~Classic 74' Sound~

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1974 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer. It takes the sound guys one song to get levels right, what else is new?

There seems to be some switching of microphones during China Cat Sunflower, beware.

Working for a living the GRATEFUL DEAD perform their songs like professionals before a sold out southern crowd.

Drinking Mint Juleps in Georgia in June is called civilization.

For easy streaming and downloading users of Windows XP should view this webpage with RealPlayer. It has a 3 band EQ you can use while downloading the song, although the data is not altered, you can tweak the sound to your liking.

After you download the songs open them in Windows Media Player and use its 10 band EQ, and the TruBass, SRS WOW Effects to fiddle with the sound even more. Windows Media lets you control the speed of the music too, so any of the shows you downloaded that sound fast can be slowed down using WMP.

Here's one way to dowload this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love from 1974.
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2009
Subject: Nice Show from "The Big Dirrrty"
This is a great listen, especially, as others have noted, the Truckin>Jam>Eyes>Slipnot!>China Doll. Jerry is in total command and rippin' it strong!
Reviewer: average_joe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2009
Subject: June '74 Was a Fine, Fine Month....
So I'm looking for some sweet '74 to listen to on a Saturday morning. I come across this show and read the review that states this Eyes is better than the Providence from a few days later. Well, that set the top of my head tingling figuring that if it's as good as the one on DP12, then it's going to knock my dick in the dirt.

Best Eyes ever? Subjective.
Mighty fine version? Most definitely.

I do know that the Truckin' > Eyes Of The World > Slipknot > China Doll is worth your time and listening attention.

The more I listen to '74, the more I like it. This is a peak year for me.

Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2009
Subject: i was surprised.....
to read below that someone thought this board was muddy compared to other 74 boards surprised me. i can see this scaring people away too and i hope it doesnt because this board is really awesome. yeah there are some real nice crystal clear boards on here but this board is far from muddy, if you listen to it through crappy computer speakers it might sound muddy though, thats why i listen through headphones, its the only way to REALLY hear this music, especially the audience recordings...feels like your there in the crowd on some of the good ones. As for this board i think the quality is great, nice and crispy with clear vocals and instruments. My highlights are china doll, ship of fools, truckin and eyes. there are a few small dropouts in China Cat and a tiny tiny one at the very end of China Doll but there not really drop outs, more like volume plunges because its just quieter for a second or two but its hard a big deal. also if you like this, then you should check out the nice Miller SBD of 6/30/74 - Springfield Civic Center thats floating around here.
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2008
Subject: Hard to hear Jerry
on the first set. I zoomed to the second set (to Eyes Of The World) and it's a little easier to hear him there. Can't give this a five star because the mixing isn't really good.
Reviewer: Chalino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2008
Subject: Wrong venue
This show was at the Omni, not the Municipal Auditorium. I was there.

Maria Muldaur opened.
Reviewer: st. heathen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2007
Subject: best eyes?
This EOTW is much better than Providence. That version DP12 is rather minimilist, while this one is just simply crackling! Truckin' has sick energy as well.

Jerry seems all over the map on China Cat! Was he on drugs or something?!?!?
Reviewer: dprocks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2007
Subject: Check it out
Best Truckin' Ever!
Reviewer: nchead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2006
Subject: worth a listen
This is probably one of the shortest '74 shows but it has some great moments. Just after they start truckin' billy does a little stutter beat and they accelerate the song's pace. There are some technical pops and snaps during the 1rst few minutes of truckin' but the band is so tight. Jerry and keith in particular are getting things done(check out jerry's breakaway from the ending jam in truckin', clear as blue sky). Eyes is one of the finest, starts off with a "click" of an effects pedal a split second before the opening chords. Slipknot is very primative, not fully developed, sounds like they just stumbled into it as they were noodling along. Good stuff.....
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2006
Subject: Great Stuff
This is great great stuff, surely overlooked cause of Freedom Hall!!, Des Moines,the 26-28th and the 23th of June, Funny how these things gain momentum and tower over their neighbours, we should not be suprised however, that ajacent dates contain such quality?
Slipknot, as early as I can remember arrives 2/22/74 inside playin' and roams around all year, interesting enough here. Scarlet is well done, the 74 material, ship of fools, to lay me down, MHBT Roses are all ripe, and I'm on board with this atleast being a top 10 Eyes, lulled in by the space jam prior. China Doll is the show stopper, who says they licked this song at Kezar? well other than me :) Gotta Love 74.

Email me at, happy to share.
Reviewer: 3chrds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2005
Subject: China Doll creepin
Dig the creepy tone Jerry has on the solo...crrrreeepin' in ya soul! Lookin' ta hurt ya a bit...
Reviewer: PhilBombs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2005
Subject: Definately Some UJB
The UJB comment is for 5-17. sorry
Reviewer: PhilBombs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2005
Subject: Definately Some UJB
Maybe you haven't tripped enough. No need to be an ass, especially if you're wrong.
There is a definate UJB tease starting at 6:45 apart from the gerular Feelin' Groovy section.
I'm not a huge China>Rider fan, but this is one of the great ones.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2005
Subject: my birthday show.
Nice setlist, great to hear the becoming of what is Slipknot. Tasty lil Scarlet Begs too. Good feeling thru-out.
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: Slipknotik!
The Eyes is very much up there, though Kentucky 2 days before is tighter. Phil's bass solo here is long and developed. The real kicker is Jerry leading the band through Slipknot. You can hear him developing the theme early on. It is flat out the best example of the band learning "on the fly." The mix is bass heavy, and has great drums. Solid, yet loose in moments of joy. What a summer tour!!!
Reviewer: boomer1987 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: worth the truckin>eyes
This is, as other reviewers have started, a solid show. Some what short for 74, but solid through and through. The truckin>Eyes is greatÂÂÂÂÂ.however, having said that, I think the sound (compared to other 74 shows on this site) is muddy.
Reviewer: El_Duderino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2004
Subject: How Did I miss this one
I have never had a copy of this show until I downloaded it here. What a great show! It may only be a two discer, but it makes up for brevity with the great performance. The Truckin>Eyes is fantastic.
Reviewer: deadtoolhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2004
Subject: eyes? reply
so many mind blowing versions of this song but i think the best eyes ever is six days later in providence...this one definitly ranks up there...74 was such a good year...incredible stuff
Reviewer: japhyryder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2004
Subject: Best ever Eyes of the World?
This version gets my vote at this point! The playing on this song and the subsequent first-ever appearance of Slipknot! is simply electric.
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